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2:4-7 The Creation of man

Genesis 2:4-7 “This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they
were created. When the LORD God made the earth and the heavens – and
no shrub of the field had yet appeared on the earth and no plant of the field
had yet sprung up, for the LORD God had not sent rain on the earth and
there was no man to work the ground, but streams came up from the earth
and watered the whole surface of the ground – the LORD God formed the
man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath
of life, and the man became a living being.”
Genesis chapter one centres upon Gods work of creating the whole
universe. Genesis chapter two focuses on the place man has in the earth. In
Genesis 1:1 the order is heavens and the earth but in Genesis 2:4 the order
is the earth and the heavens. In the first chapter the activity embraces the
entire cosmos, in the second chapter the activity centres on Gods making of
our first parents in the Garden of Eden. We have been given the setting for
the creation of man, and now that is to be described in fuller fascinating

So this is a new section and we are made aware of it by Moses writing, This
is the account of . . . something (v.4). It is a common heading in the book of
Genesis. It is saying that this is a new genealogy, literally, a new begetting,
a new chapter in this history. In it we are going to hear much of the LORD
God. This title for the Almighty, Jehovah God, occurs twenty times in
Genesis chapters two and three, but in all the rest of Moses writings it is
found in a single place.

Verses four, five and six are not straightforward and let me briefly give you
my understanding of them. Moses seems to be referring back to the third
day of creation. On the second day the sky and the seas were made. On the
third day the continents of the earth were created and the plants covered
them, but Moses is telling us in verse 5 that two kinds of plant had not yet
appeared, the shrub of the field and the plant of the field. They could not
appear yet because of the absence of two things. Firstly, showers of rain on
the desert would be needed to create the shrub of the field because they
are the type of plants that rapidly spring up in a wilderness after rain, but
there was no rain yet. Then secondly men would be needed to cultivate the
plant of the field; these are what we can call Garden crops, thinking of the
great plantation that was soon to be made and called the Garden of Eden as
the county of Kent is dubbed the Garden of England. But there were no
crops yet because there was no man to tend them; there were no grain
fields, just wild vegetation. So we are faced with the absence of two
necessities; waters to make the crops grow, and man to cultivate them; the
Lord God must create man, and he must also send forth the rain. Both those
problems are dealt with in our text.

Firstly, something translated in the N.I.V. as a stream would rise up from the
earth which would water the ground. This is a rare word; it occurs in only

What a change! What a radical differentiation . God made the wild animals according to their kinds. What is made clear is that there is one God in the whole world who creates and commands forth these waters. It was not that he gave a command to the earth. Then secondly man himself must be created and this also is dealt with. Who will hear from heaven his servants prayers and send forth the rain? So. . 1. or a mist. firstly. or as a flow. and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. paused and deliberated with himself saying. And God saw that it was good. And God said. MANS CREATION WAS DISTINCTIVE IN THE NATURE MAN WAS GIVEN. And it was so. The word could also be translated as rain clouds. and the man became a living being (v. as it were. and there was . after our likeness (Gen. .27). the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. but now in the creation of human beings the word appears three times in one verse (v. Something extraordinary is going to be made. Let there be . And God said. Let the earth bring forth man as it had been with the living creatures (vv. Let us make man. He has to send them forth and create fertility and life. Look at verses 24 and 25 of the first chapter. This phrase is unparalleled in the rest of Gods creative acts. And God said.1:26). Everything else God formed was made after their other place in the entire Bible and its meaning is just as perplexing there. The word create has been used sparingly in this chapter. Let us make man (Gen. The one living Jehovah God sends rain upon Canaan. 2. Let us make man. Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock. each according to its kind. On five occasions we read the phrase according to their kinds. and this will be seen one day in the contest on Mount Carmel between the prophets of Baal and Elijah. or as waters of the deep. just in verses on and also verse twenty-one.7). There was the distinctiveness of God speaking when he said. the livestock according to their kinds. . MANS CREATION WAS DISTINCTIVE IN THE DIVINE COUNSELS THAT FIRST OCCURRED. and that is Jehovah God. and then we come to the creation of man. and wild animals. Gods approach to mans creation was with the weightiest consideration. That man is a special creation of God is underlined in a number of ways. . creatures that move along the ground. We are told. It is not Baal the Canaanite storm god who does that. God was preoccupied with what he was about to create when comparing a human being to all the other creatures in heaven and earth which hed made. But when it came to the creation of man God. Man from his origin was not on a par with the other creatures. Let us make man in our image. the absence of rain is answered by God causing these waters to come forth. In all the earlier acts of creation before this God simply gave the command. So let us proceed to examine the distinct creation of man. 20 and 24). It is also the opportunity for us to embrace those features from the first chapter which we temporarily laid aside. it means in accordance with Gods design for these creatures. 1:26).

Traces of the divine image remain even in serial rapist. Now what does it mean that man is made in the image of God? Is the man in the street today made in the image of God? The psychopath. or the drunkard. theft. Felix was not uncomprehending or blasé when Paul reasoned with him of righteousness. not a ruined cottage. destiny. He knows the wrongfulness of pornography. there is a kind. or maintaining the rule of law. for in the image of God has God made man. the powers that be are ordained of God. but it is not some likeness God has considered. God determines. but a ruined castle. Man knows that the world was made by an omnipotent and glorious God. the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honour (Psa. He trembled because his conscience told him Paul was right. 1:20). worthy of credit in his field as those politicians of whom Paul wrote. or deliberation. Yes a great deal has been lost. He knew! His tragedy was how to stop doing what was wrong and do what was right. The Romans knew that even as they practised their perversions those who did such things were worthy of death. he is. The horror of murder is this that it is the destruction of someone made in Gods likeness. man not made according to his kind. Every human being knows the rudiments of the moral law. Yes. a Hitler and a Mao Tse-Tung. but he refuses to glorify God as Creator. The image is marred and defaced. For example.from all the other forms of life. it is that which belongs to God intrinsically. purpose. Men have a mind and a conscience. self-control and judgment to come. Man is often mistaken as to matters of fact. he is capable of investigation. utterly ruined. What is man that you are mindful of him. Men have lost their original righteousness through the fall of their father Adam and their own sin but the image has not been totally obliterated. He may be a competent scientist. Mans intellect has been disordered. Then we must ask what elements of the image of God remain in man? Let me select four. The sunsets over the Irish Sea and the flight of the flocks of starlings both tell him of the living Creator who made them. Man is made in the very image of this mighty God of Genesis one and two! What an endowment! What dignity! When David the psalmist thinks of that he is constrained to cry. like the castle in Aberystwyth. but he is still a rational being. Whoever sheds the blood of man. This creature is going to be made like ME!. of forensic science. that is. He clamps down on . a template and an exemplar that God has for the man he plans to make. i] Firstly. knowledge. the pattern is God himself! Mans identity consists of Gods own image. He understands that truth from the things around him which have the handiwork of God all over them (Roms. betrayal and greed. 8:4&5). Man is fallacious in his reasoning. origin. we see in chapter nine of Genesis and verse six these words. a brilliant reporter. or the atheist? Yes. The theory of relativity is not invalid simply because Einstein was an agnostic Jew. by man shall his blood be shed.

dismiss any thoughts of prayer. never think of his eternal soul. and never to seek to know God for himself. Till He bids. but he suppresses and distorts this knowledge. It is not because of mans animal ancestry that men kill other men. I will not have this God rule over me. and last. This is his own free choice. He has not been computerized. the slave to King Sin. is very different from saying that my life is mapped out for me by remorseless factors in the environment like the influences of my parents. You understand how important this is. native place. I cannot die. Christians are no friends of determinists. the power. His decrees who formed the earth Fixed my first and second birth. and education. and end. Plagues and deaths around me fly. Times the tempters power to prove. But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin. The unbelief of men and women who have long sat under a biblical ministry is not due to their ignorance of the Christian message but to their disobedience and defiance. That is part of the ineradicable mental equipment of every human being. resolutely obeys his master. ii] Secondly. As shall please my heavenly Friend. It is not because of glandular reactions or other purely biological phenomena. All appointed were by Him. He is not programmed to respond at the touch of a button. however. Christians do not parrot the words whatever will be will be. and the . the goodness and the wrath of God. freedom. God freely created all things. Galatians 3:22. You understand man freely submits to sin. Men possess a vestigial freedom. Times to taste the Saviours love. He says. Not a single shaft can hit. Man. Till the God of love sees fit. He knows the being. ignore the Bible. All must come. and companions. Parents. There is no absolute necessity to reject the gospel. 1753-1825) That. He makes his own decision to have nothing to do with his God. His will tells him to reject Christ. He is not being forced to say no to Jesus Christ. Yes. He chooses to do so. and working conditions. all our lives as believers have been determined by the loving fore-ordination of our Father in heaven. never question what lies beyond death. He is a free agent acting under no external compulsion. and time. Of course. So the fact that men are made in the image of God means that men do have knowledge. It is not some necessary stage in humankinds development. (John Ryland. We sing.this truth in his unrighteousness. in his natural state man suffers from the bondage of the will.

We are talking about how we can better advertise a visit to Aberystwyth of a Christian named Sam Rotman whom I baptized when he was converted 35 years ago. I did that. to cut and set stones. It is possible to transcend all those pressures. Hold fast to the doctrine of mans freedom! If you ignore this then you diminish mans sense of responsibility. It is an evening with an artistic emphasis and so wed like the invitations to reflect the fact that we are not philistines. ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts – to make artistic designs for work in gold. In Genesis three we are presented with man in the most perfect of environments and we see him falling into sin. to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic craftsmanship (Ex. We ask from the legal system that the offender receive precisely the punishment his crime deserves.political leaders that mapped out my society and its values. You minimize that and imperil the dignity of man. his debt paid. Everything is gone if we throw out mans freedom. Later on in this book we are presented with young Joseph far from home. Yes. What a baleful effect that will have on crime and punishment. but the vast majority of law breakers are dignified men who when caught suffer just retribution. he can create and appreciate form and sound and can respond to it. it is a veritable powder keg. the image of God in man means that man retains an aesthetic sense. iii] Thirdly. . meeting the seductions of a married woman and saying no. We cannot ignore that aspect of human personality. He cannot help it. and a number of suggestions have already been made. That is a gross insult. He is not to be punished. Nevertheless tribute is paid in Exodus to a man called Bezaleel whose gifts were especially in these areas. We refuse to stand before a man found guilty of a crime and say. with skill. silver and bronze. has filled him with the Spirit of God. 31:2). He overcame temptation and maintained his integrity in a very hostile environment. for example in our evangelism. What he needs is treatment. Inject him and brainwash him. Morality is gone if everything is determined and we are mere puppets. that God. I am saying that your guilt and shame cannot be off loaded onto other factors. I freely chose to do those things. there are a tiny group of mentally deranged individuals who cannot even plead in a court of law. He was then a student at the New York Julliard School of Music and he is going to speak and play the piano for us later next month. 3:6). None of those factors forced me to lie and cheat and kill and rape. and when he has served his sentence that he be freed again. Pleading. But dangerous it is man has a sense of beauty. in other words. man has a sense of beauty. Your guilt is yours! You answer to God. You cannot plead the pressures of your companions or your own personality or your genetic inheritance. The people reading them and coming along will not be Christians but they will have an aesthetic sense because they are made in the image of God. We are not prisoners of fate. when she saw that the tree was pleasing to the eye (Gen. The devil made me do it is thrown out of court. That is how temptation came to Eve.

It encourages a godless message to be received because the package in which it was offered was attractive. sculpting. They are not mans chief end. We need more than the assurance. In the parables and discourses of our Lord. We must ask. It is well-written. and if we apply aesthetic criteria alone the evil goes undetected. What is the message? And we . first of all. and the margins are wide. We are not to live for those things. and the type face is large. It is not such a community today. The dust-jackets are attractive. Goyas genius proclaims the brutality of war. and [to quote Eliot again] that it is just the literature that we read for amusement or purely for pleasure that may have the greatest and least suspected influence upon us. Chalmers and Spurgeon art is wedded to the theology of the Reformation. There is no birth from above at the University. permissiveness. It is irrelevant that it degrades. But isnt the history of this town a warning against the dangers of magnifying the aesthetic sense? This is a community which in 1859 was the centre for a great work of God in Wales. beauty is the handmaid of truth. There is no divine conversion in writing. in the poetry of Isaiah and David. Shakespeare’s analyses the subtleties of the human heart. violence and despair and the beauty of the form is too often used to excuse the obscenity of the substance. and of popular plays of contemporary life. it is only in Christ. Pascals exposes the sophistries of the Jesuits. requires to be scrutinised most closely. the worst crime is not to be philistine. painting. and for judging a preacher that his sermons be sufficiently engaging that people will attentively listen to him. All works of art have a message and the nature of that message is an important factor in the evaluation of the work as a whole. So far as scrutinising them most closely is concerned. Hugh Miller said that the first essential of a book is that it be interesting enough to be read. dramatists and poets have consecrated their genius to the commendation of secularism. Culture is not our religion. We are not to be obsessed with these things but we are not to ignore them either. But modern art proclaims with almost unanimous voice the tenets of ungodliness. Hence it is that the influence of popular novelists.Of course God overrules the ugliness of our presentation as he does the errors of our doctrine but that justifies neither. Other gods are worshipped today. in the narratives of Luke and in the epistles of Paul. How many are utterly blinded by their appreciation of beauty of form? We know that that attractiveness and style can serve to obscure the evil of the content. but there is no redemption in the National Library of Wales. how easily and how totally we [and our children] are influenced by what we see and read. In Bunyan. Without that all the merit of his orthodoxy and righteousness is of little avail. In this situation we must realize. the important point is that literary and aesthetic criteria are not enough. There is no salvation in the Arts Centre. composing and playing. What care is shown these days in printing books. Novelists. Much contemporary literature and television is basically degrading. For them it is enough that the work is well- written.

He is triune. and over all the creatures that move along the . The loneliness of man is one of the basic characteristics that the Gospel addresses. This was the original relationship. 3. or William Cowper and Morley Unwin. All men and women are made in the image of God and so are built for other people. Yesterdays newspapers with their lonely hearts pages. Come to me and I will give you rest. Banner of Truth. Gods Image in Man. there is Father. over the livestock. one of peace and love. but the one God is not solitary. But most of all we are made for communion with God. according to our own principles. and not merely according to the principles admitted by the writers and by the critics who discuss it in the public press. November 1973. The first article of the Christian faith is that God is one. Paul and Timothy. God has made us for himself and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in him. Sacrifices are made for children. In the world he find competition. the image of God in man shows itself in relationality. mans capacity to experience close communion with other people. In the church there have been friendships like David and Jonathan. takes sleep away. rivalry. the body of Christ is precious too. Son and Holy Spirit. A man finds Christ and finds at the same time the fellowship of those who are also finders. and Coleridge and Wordsworth. The longing for communion shows itself in the fellowship of Christian believers who come together for mutual support and affection. iv] Fourthly. prejudice and animosity. There are many super non-Christian marriages. It is not good for a person to be alone. The victims of a callous society should find acceptance. in other words. Take community away from him and he will be the most miserable of creatures. We must tirelessly criticise it. How precious are our friends. Obedience is rendered to parents. but its disruption hasn’t destroyed mans need for it. There are some struggling Christian marriages. There have been great friendships in the world. ruins the lives of many in the congregation because we need the friendship of the family of faith. like Samuel Johnson and James Boswell. To the Christian not only Christ is precious. permanent and exclusive love. 13). That is why a division in a church destroys peace of mind. show us men and women advertising for a companion. The church is a healing community. the congregation. One hears of the contemporary friendship of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck in Los Angeles. wrote Eliot. MANS CREATION WAS DISTINCTIVE IN THE LORDSHIP WITH WHICH MAN WAS INVESTED. and love. This is reflected in the life of man. Its ethos and influences should be ruthlessly sanctifying. Of course people are affected by sin in each part of their beings but they are yet capable of natural affection. say the Son of God. issue 122. over all the earth. Husbands and wives are bound together in the commitment of total. and sympathy. Let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air. (Donald Macleod. p.must evaluate the message in the light of ethical and religious considerations.

Man was not made out of nothing but God took existing material and formed Adam from it. This is a star feature of the human hand. the hip socket is in a different place in man. and birds and fish and insects have been made. 2:7). His body is hairless. So what is the distinctiveness of the formation of man? i] Man was made from the dust of the ground. mans place is set in the whole of creation. MANS CREATION WAS DISTINCTIVE IN THE PROCEDURES GOD ADOPTED IN FORMING MAN. You have thought how mans hands are unique. It is impossible to consider man on a par with other animals. Man stands erect. fewer in number. They will hold a handful of soil and let it run through their fingers. I was once in dry Kenya. In a multitude of ways God has made him different from them and given him authority over them. When God made man he made all these features together. out he walked into the rain and around his garden soaked through to see the impact it was having on his land and crops. In Genesis 1 we have a big sweeping panorama. All the animals. and the man became a living being (Gen. If there was . It is not like that for man on this earth. 4. So. Man has frontal vision to see the way he is going. Finally man is made and given dominion over them. that is. Mans very constitution is the ground on which we stand. He is Gods vicegerent because he is like God. So here in Genesis 2 we are given details which are not present in the account of mans creation in Genesis 1. and rain clouds gathered for hours and finally the heavens opened and down came the prayed for rain. In his very anatomy this is evident. from previously created stuff. They are the features needed for dominion over every other creature before we consider mans superior intelligence and powers of concentration. God later said famously to man. If we were set down in Venus or Neptune there would be impossible discontinuity between ourselves and those planets. In Genesis 2 we have a more detailed account of the making of both man and woman and there is a certain order.ground (v. Man has an enlarged brain.26). There is no discrepancy between us and our environment. as a result. Man is the image of God. Since God is sovereign then mans likeness to God involves the exercise of a corresponding sovereignty. and the thumb itself can move across the palm of the hand to point to each finger. Men who work on the land and even possess their own land have a noted affinity with it. but subject to the King above. Again. Dust thou art. man walks on two legs not four so the foot has a large surface of contact with the ground. The farmer I was staying with couldn’t contain himself. Man alone has a hand like that. man was made first without Eve. The LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. and a reduced jaw and weaker teeth. King of all upon earth. his back bone is vertical not horizontal. man has an affinity with the ground which is beneath his feet to till and dress it and from which he will cause the crops to grow. There is no hint of that in Genesis 1. his palate is domed shaped like a letter C. the tip of each of our fingers is able to touch the tip of the thumb.

that the heart of a sheep or the heart of a pig is virtually identical to our hearts. virtually giving to him the kiss of life. God held the man he had formed to himself. Adam was not alive and he was not a man until God did one work in the dust of the ground breathing into its nostrils the breath of life. and almost embraced him. By a divine exhalation alone you can account for the nature of man. God could not talk to him. In one divine action this occurred. We would be aliens on this planet. but he couldn’t find one counterpart in all the animals of the earth. 2:7). So we have no hint here that for a long time there was other creatures. We would expect to find that some animals. Mans origin was due to a special act of God in his image and likeness. You may find interesting congruities but nothing in them can tell us what man is without this distinctive divine creation. Man was made from the dust of the ground. Then he became both alive and a man. We were designed and made by the same Creator from the same ground. similar to men. There is a dimension of being truly human which you cannot attribute at all to any parallels with the animals. he was still inanimate dust of the earth until that inbreathing occurred. alive and manlike. and the man became a living being (Gen. He became a living creature then. ii] What else was distinctive in the making of man was that God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. have certain other resemblances of various kinds to man. There was no helper suitable to man. and that then God worked on one of these pre-humanoids in a second stage of creation and made a man out of this earlier creature. because we are told in verse 19 in this second chapter that the LORD God also formed from the ground every beast of the field and every fowl of the heaven. There is that little distinction in the wording but I don’t know what it signifies. so it would be unusual if it were not so. So there are going to be similarities between man and the beasts of the field. God does not spread diversity unnecessarily and so we will find such an interesting likeness as this. Livingness came when God inbreathed him.complete disparity between man and the dust of the ground how incongruous would be mans habitat and environment. For man there was an interposition of the most intimate kind. God did not work on previously breathing stuff. and not before. Man was not alive until that moment. when the breath of God entered him. you cannot explain the extraordinary phenomenon of man by reference to other kinds of being like insects and reptiles and fish and birds and animals. They too were made from the ground. A process of evolution by forces and . Adam then could stand and look around and examine all the other creatures God had made from the dust of the ground. man could not understand and obey and love God until first God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. Man also has an affinity with other creatures. Now we are being told how different man is from the animals. and that an animals heart valve can be transplanted to a human being and function in us – with the help of various chemicals – for many years. like monkeys. In fact he was not a man without the breath of God.

It contradicts the Bible. . . Paton was not a powerful figure in society He was just a humble. He was renowned as a social activist. Man himself owes his unique knowledge and freedom and aesthetic sense and community awareness to the fact that God made him in his image from the dust of the earth and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. What a disaster Darwins theory of human origins has been. But what if some people groups did not evolve as far as others. you are speaking of the power of the Creator. Shakespeare. and canon of Westminster. said Kingsley. Many went on to be preachers and teachers. He tried to blend Darwinism with his own version of Anglicanism. had no divine spark. which enabled us to keep making more and more progress toward Gods pattern of perfection. deplored the teaching of creationism in schools. and when he died. and that is the theory of evolution. Rembrandt. exactly the same race as the African Negro. Galileo. I must give up much that I have believed. evolutionism has many supporters in the professing church. loving people by believing the Bibles message of salvation through faith in Jesus. Rowan Williams. Charles Darwin was praised in his own lifetime by many church officials. chaplain to the queen. Why had they . There were two dogs taken onto the ark and today there are several hundred breeds of dogs of all shapes and sizes as they have evolved in different ways. All attempts to bring them to a knowledge of the true God have as yet failed utterly. they must perish off the face of the earth like brute beasts. Sir Isaac Newton or Jesus of Nazareth. as he put it. and even so. he was buried with great pomp in Londons Westminster Abbey even though Darwin was not a Christian and did not pretend to be. There is this evolution.potencies resident in the lower forms of life cannot by itself account for the apostle Paul. . known as muscular Christianity. David Feddes has pointed out how one of the first preachers to believe Darwin was Charles Kingsley. Kingsley said he was in awe of Darwins theory. Poor brutes in human shape. and therefore not in Jesus Christ as the Son of God. I do not believe in the Bible as a divine revelation. the author of edifying moral tales for children. would shatter to pieces everything that the famous preacher had proclaimed. he said. author. Kingsley taught that humans evolved from apes and later received a divine spark. Before that he was not alive. cannot take in the Gospel. Paton told how thousands of cannibals were transformed into wise. but there is not creation by evolution. There is a potency within creation itself to evolve by its own power. Those racist words upset John Paton. godly missionary who knew his Bible and personally knew people whom Kingsley had labeled poor brutes in human shape. We readily acknowledge that there is development within species. This past week the Archbishop of Canterbury. Mozart. before that he was not a man. and couldn’t grasp the gospel of progress? The Black People of Australia. What Paton saw among these people. even though it meant. there is creation. Unlike Kingsley. We must do that. professor. . But once you speak of a divine act coming upon the stuff then you are no longer speaking of evolution. He described himself as agnostic and said.

which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator (Colossians 3:10). Throughout Britain. infant and elderly. Our spiritual dimension. Herman Bavinck writes. The apostle Peter was right when he said. each believer is born again with a new self. and among North Americas intellectual elite. the gospel says that anyone who trusts in the crucified and risen Christ has the same future: to become like Christ. sacrificial death. Scripture says we all must be saved through the blood of one man. Finally. and you may be sure that the God who first created humanity in his image will perfect his image in you. people with darker skin – far from being too primitive to grasp the gospel – are flocking to Christ by the millions. genius and mentally disabled. defiled and defaced his image in us. By Gods Holy Spirit. God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right (Acts 10:34-35). They just needed Jesus and the Bible. and to rule with him over his new creation. No. It begins by teaching that all humans have the same origin: we are descendants of Adam and Eve. Believe this gospel. Geoff Thomas . western Europe. We all have the same origin. that sin had marred Gods image in them. Its not race or class but faith and obedience that matter most. The Radio Pulpit Back to God Hour. Creations Crown. The gospel embraces rich and poor. They needed to know that they were created in Gods image. our capacity for relationships. and resurrection of Jesus. They didnt need to be dismissed as animals. our position as the crown of creation. and despised and degraded others created in Gods image. created to image God and to rule creation on Gods behalf. pp. 14-17). And they will reign on the earth (Revelation 5:9-10). who is the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15). 45. 10. male and female of every nation or shade of skin. a superstitious faith in evolution blinds many to the gospel. Among creatures human nature is the supreme and most perfect revelation of God. that you may glorify God and enjoy him forever (David Feddes. The gospel is the same for all. Vol. our mental ability. The gospel also presents us all with the same solution: faith in the perfect life. and we all have the same problem: All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Jesus Christ. . even our bodies – all these are part of what it means to be human and to image God. With his blood. the man who perfectly images God and is himself divine. he purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. today’s barbarians who seem least able to accept the gospel have white skin. . throughout the world. October 2000. Ironically.formerly been barbaric and murderous? Not because they hadn’t evolved far enough beyond apes but because they were sinners who did not trust or obey their Creator. Meanwhile. We have rebelled against God. and that Jesus had come to save them from their sin and make Gods image shine in them again. our emotions.